Taiwan is located at the heart of air and sea transportation in Asia-Pacific. It is the economic growth center of the world. Taipei's north are Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai, its south are Hong Kong, Singapore, and capitals of the ASEAN nations, which form a dual golden navigation circle. Taiwan has 18 airports, including Taipei, Taoyuan and Kaohsiung international airports. Surrounded by the sea, Taiwan has many harbors, including 5 international harbors. The domestic transportation network is complete: there are high speed railway, throughout-the-island railways, two high ways, and Taipei and Kaohsiung MRT networks. Furthermore, the public utilities are highly available. The availability of tap water is 92.99% (June, 2012), and the availability of power supply is nearly 100% from 2002. The penetration of telecommunication is high. Take the mobile phones as an example, by the 4th quarter of 2011, the number of mobile service subscriptions reached 124.3 for every hundred people, the broadband penetration rate was ranked 6th in the world in the 145 regions measured. The broadband availability in the government has reached 100%. The broadband availability in the private sector also increased from 71% in 2003 to 98.5% in 2010.
The internet penetration rate is high in Taiwan. About 80% (82.5%) of households have access to the internet, 80% (87.5%) have computers, 90% of the households with the internet access use 2Mbps or faster broadband. According to the "World Knowledge Competitiveness Index 2008" published by the World Competitiveness Center of the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC), Taiwan receives a score of 157.7 on "Broadband Penetration Rate Index", ranks 6th in the world among the 145 regions surveyed, behind only to Iceland, South Korea, Hong Kong, Holland and Denmark, surpassing Singapore and Japan.
Taiwan has strong information technology capability and innovation willingness. According to a survey released July 8, 2012 by Taiwan Network Information Center, 75.44 percent of the population have access to the internet (17.53 million people), up 3.4 percent from last year. The number of Internet users aged 12 and above in Taiwan reached 15.94 million, accounting for 77.25 percent of the island's population. Around 15.30 million people, 97.16 percent of the internet users, adopted broadband network to access to the internet. It is evident that Taiwan has high capability of technology application. Moreover, over 50% of the employment population are willing to innovate and start their own business, 60% of the students have high acceptability for technology and innovation, which is ranked number 3 in the world. These facts explain that Taiwan has IT infrastructure that provides superior information on computer hardware, software, and IT related services Taiwan government is also dedicated to electronic services. According to the survey conducted by the Brown University, Taiwan's electronic government services was ranked number 2 in 2008. The survey measured the completeness of the content and functionality of 198 countries' government websites. It shows that Taiwan government, with superior technological infrastructure, has linked the government, the industry and customers' market transactions and information.
I-Taiwan 12 Projects, Unlimited Business Opportunities
It is expected that under the planning of the "I-Taiwan 12 Projects", companies can participate in these projects with the BOT model. Beginning from 2008, there will be NTD4 trillion of government investment on infrastructure development for the next 4 years. 30% of Taiwan's GDP will be invested in public works to create a better infrastructure and increase the economic efficiency of domestic investment.
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